Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Hardback, 112 pages ISBN: 9781559362993Publication Date:
10 Apr 2008
Size: 220mm x 143mm£25.00
First Staged:
Yale Repertory Theatre, 1984; Broadway, 1984; National Theatre, London, 1989

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

By August Wilson

Hardback £25.00

Set in Chicago in 1927, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom deals with issues of race, art, religion and the historic exploitation of black recording artists by white producers.

Part of August Wilson's Century Cycle, his epic dramatisation of the African American experience in the twentieth century. Foreword by Frank Rich.

'It was hard to watch Ma Rainey without thinking of Eugene O'Neill's Iceman Cometh. The plays are both marked by claustrophobia, a slow-fuse dramatic structure, meaty arias, a devastating dramatic payoff and their authors' profound identification with those who are betrayed by the gaudy promise of the American dream' - Frank Rich, from his Foreword

This volume is also available as part of the Century Cycle boxed set.

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'passion and power... [a] landmark play'

Guardian
Hardback, 112 pages ISBN: 9781559362993Publication Date:
10 Apr 2008
Size: 220mm x 143mm£25.00

Also by August Wilson:

Fences
Jitney
Radio Golf
The Ground On Which I Stand
King Hedley II
Gem of the Ocean
The Piano Lesson
Two Trains Running
King Hedley II
Seven Guitars
Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Radio Golf
The Century Cycle (boxed set)

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